A NEW Asian dining experience has arrived in the Lakes.

Mizumi - Japanese for Lakes - brings Asian fusion to Bowness on Windermere as the Lakes Hotel and Spa opens its doors to non-guests for the first time.

Dishes at the new restaurant are designed for sharing and combine traditional ingredients with modern cooking methods. They are sent to the table as and when they are ready.

Richard Berry, who bought the hotel in 2014 and spent £10 million on a refurbishment, said: “We had always limited our dining to guests but I wanted to share the success of the hotel with the wider community by having a different dining experience that can be enjoyed for the whole evening.

“Guests will be able to spend the whole evening in the hotel rather than the standard couple of hours normally associated with dining. When they arrive they will be able to drink in our cocktail bar, before eating at Mizumi, then have a nightcap on our terrace or our cosy pub so making a full night of it.

“I have been lucky enough to travel the world and have eaten some incredible food.

“Mizumi brings to the Lakes a style of cooking that is quickly becoming very popular around the world."

The menu includes shishito peppers, duck bon bons, tiger prawn toban, firecracker chicken, Korean lamb rack and southern Indian chicken curry, as well as a range of sushi and desserts.

Richard has developed the menu alongside consultant chef Paul Webster, who trained with Marco Pierre White, and head chef Dewayne James.

Paul has worked at some of the country’s top restaurants, from Miller Howe to the two star Pied a Terre. He was recently head chef at Gilpin Spice for six years and in December cooked at Obsession at Northcote Manor food festival with Hrishikesh Desai.

The 52-cover restaurant serves food every day from 6-9.30 pm.

The hotel, one of the largest in the lakes, has three restaurants.